Concerned About Hair Loss?
Have you noticed an increasing
number of hairs in your sink or hairbrush? Are you beginning to see more of
your scalp when you look in the mirror? If so, you are not alone! Millions of
men and women experience hair loss as they age, sometimes starting as early as
their 20s or 30s. Depending on the reason for your hair loss, you may be able
to reverse it or at least slow it down.
First, let's recognize that some
hair loss is normal. Hair experts estimate that a loss of approximately 50 to
150 strands of hair per day represents normal shedding for the human hair
growth cycle. So, some hair in the sink or shower is nothing to be alarmed
about. Sudden hair loss, or thinning hair over your entire head (and possibly
other parts of your body), or clumps of hair falling out are considered
unusual, and should be discussed with your healthcare practitioner. Depending
on the severity of your symptoms, he or she may recommend seeing a
dermatologist or a hair specialist, known as a trichologist.
The fear of losing more hair is
usually what prompts people to seek medical attention. Although some people may
be driven more by vanity, for others hair loss is devastating to their
self-esteem. This seems especially true for women. In his book, The Hormone Solution: Stay
Younger Longer, Dr. Thierry Hertoghe notes that a hormone imbalance is just as
likely to feed fear and erode self-confidence as it is to contribute to hair
loss. He says, "addressing any imbalance will not only improve the
situation on top of your head, but within it as well."
Hormones in Your Fingernails?!?
by Carol Petersen, RPh,CNP
A study published by Fay Marnock,
et al, suggested using fingernails to measure hormone status. As a nail's
matrix builds up with keratin, hormones passively diffuse into the nail
from capillaries in the blood. The authors suggested measuring DHEA and
cortisol in the nail to gauge hormone status over a prolonged period. This
could have advantages over tests using serum, saliva and urine, which reflect
only a point in time or only a single day's hormone level.
Aside from the possibility of
actually measuring hormones, the appearance of your fingernails reveals a lot
of information about your overall health...
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